Carey Young, artist and Wolfson Creative Arts Fellow, took a group of Wolfson students to London on Saturday 9 November to see her selection of contemporary art shows in London.
The students came from a wide variety of disciplines - Oriental studies to Oncology, Archaeology to Clinical Neuroscience and Anthropology, as well as a student studying fine art at the Ruskin. Despite the rain it was a great success, with the tour including galleries across the West End, and work by renowned contemporary artists including Paulina Olowska, Dayanita Singh, Grayson Perry, Luigi Ghirri and Kara Walker.
Carey Young commented, "The students relished the opportunity to see a range of the most interesting art being produced today - Kara Walker, for example, currently has a major new sculpture as the Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern, but here we saw a range of her early video and print works exploring themes of power and the post-colonial. It was great to introduce these galleries and artworks to students from such diverse disciplines and many of the group commented that the works were relevant to their own research. I also wanted to give students a feel for the commercial gallery scene in London, which shows many of the biggest names, and is as welcoming and accessible for visitors as any of the more famous museums and bigger art institutions - without charging an entrance fee."